NetApp foresees five major developments around the cloud in 2023

Schiphol-Rijk, 20 December 2022 – With 2023 just around the corner, NetApp, a global cloud-driven data-centric software company, is already looking ahead to a number of developments that we will see in the coming year in the areas of cloud, sustainability, human resources, cybersecurity and quantum hybrid. computing can expect.

Oscar Wijnants, Country Director of NetApp Netherlands: “In 2023 we will see a number of interesting developments. One of the most important of these is that organizations are increasingly opting for the multi-cloud, which brings with it staffing challenges. But by using the right tools, a multicloud with less staff can also be managed well due to the tight labor market. In addition, I expect that sustainability will also play an increasingly important role in IT in the coming year, just like in 2022.

1. More organizations are choosing to migrate workloads to the multicloud

The multicloud is becoming increasingly important as more services move from on-premises to the cloud. Cloud adoption will accelerate further in 2023 due to supply chain issues and ambitions to pursue sustainability goals. Organizations will more often choose the Evolved Cloud, a strategic approach to hybrid multicloud environments, in which the cloud is fully integrated into the architecture and operations. Eliminating silos simplifies management, creates consistency, and provides organizations with a complete view of on-premises and the multiple clouds. From the Flexera 2022 State of the Cloud Report shows that 89 percent of companies use multiple clouds to manage IT services, operations and infrastructure. This seems to be a situation that some companies have chosen out of necessity or circumstances. They try to limit supply chain problems by choosing multiple cloud providers, who play a constructive role in ensuring innovation, security, scalability and flexibility beyond their own data center.

2. Increasing competition for staff with specific cloud knowledge

In a situation where companies use multiple clouds, the need for personnel with specific skills also arises. It’s hard enough today to find staff who can work with one cloud, but it’s even harder to find staff who understand multiple clouds. Assembling teams that are proficient in managing multiple clouds is a significant challenge and can take a long time to get up and running. Companies do need such specialized teams to innovate and develop. If teams only spend time on operations, they cannot innovate, which is why organizations must also invest in increasing the knowledge of IT staff.

3. Greater role of sustainability in IT purchases and in business operations

Sustainability is only going to become more important for IT buyers. Suppliers will have to demonstrate that they are working towards more sustainability in their value chain and are therefore investing more energy in solutions that contribute to the environment. They will have to work harder to increase the energy efficiency of their on-site facilities and equipment, and provide better data categorization methods that allow buyers to look across their entire data estates and rank data, which is particularly effective in the cloud. When we consider that 68 percent of data is used once and never again, we can see how moving this unused data to cold storage in the cloud is beneficial for the planet.

4. Due to increasing threats, organizations must improve cyber resilience

Today’s health, economic and war challenges mean that cyber resilience is more crucial than ever before. In addition to attacks on corporate networks, we also see attacks on cloud environments. Businesses and organizations will rely more than ever on IT resources to protect their data 24 hours a day and quickly recover it. The question is not whether they will be attacked, but when and how often. They need to tackle the problem thoroughly, but it appears that a small number of SMEs are still not prepared. In the past, a company’s cyber defense strategy was mainly aimed at preventing the attack, nowadays it is more about responding adequately during the attack and quickly recovering afterwards. Detection, protection and recovery are the keywords of cybersecurity in 2023.

5. Better security required by quantum hybrid computing

Practical applications of quantum hybrid computing will see the light of day in 2023. It will involve a mix of traditional HPC (High Performance Computing) and quantum to solve complex problems. The emergence of quantum hybrid computing means that we also need to take a better approach to cyber security. Cyber ​​criminals are also becoming more sophisticated and are expected to use these new technologies. Quantum is going to threaten the encryption of sensitive data. With normal computer power, it often takes decades to crack current security. Quantum hybrid computing will make it possible to do that in ten years at the most. With that in mind, it is therefore necessary to think about new encryption protocols and algorithms.

About NetApp

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